Leeu Passant Radicales Libres 2015 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Klein Karoo
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'Andrea Mullineux makes this as a tribute to the white wines of the Jura and (oldfashioned) Rioja. Sourced from a vineyard on slate soils out in Barrydale in the Karoo, it's left unsulphured in barrels for five years, where it develops some flor yeast, giving it a combination of salty, bready intensity and oxidative complexity. Inspirational. Drinkn 2020-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 96/100

'Inspired by a Rioja winemaker, hence the Spanish name & extended barrel-ageing - chardonnay from Barrydale in Klein Karoo, matured 5 years in oak in evaporative environment. Yet style leans towards France’s Jura, hence 2015’s riveting high acidity, profound dryness, salted almond savouriness. Unfiltered.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'The 2015 Radicales Libres is inspired by the extended barrel-aged white of the Jura and Rioja and comes from the cool Barrydale Valley in Klein Karoo. It is utterly entrancing on the nose with perfumed white peach, honeysuckle and praline aromas that instantly seduce the olfactory senses. The palate is well balanced with a waxy texture, a fine bead of acidity and a very subtle reduction that lends nuttiness and smokiness towards the finish. A complex and involving wine, this is a superb contribution to the CWG auction by Andrea Mullineux. Drink 2020-2032.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 95/100 (Sep 2020)

'Powerful, deep nose of flint, celery seed, baking spices and star fruit. Chewy and grippy, with an intense, saline, savoury power and exceptional length. Hard to describe, but this is certainly an experience. A different take on Chardonnay that will split opinion, but objectively it’s a very good wine indeed.' – Tim Jackson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 18/20
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Condition New
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
Alcohol 14.5%
Body Medium to full-bodied
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating TA 96
Producer information Since 2013, Chris and Andrea Mullineux have been working on a new project that focuses on vineyards outside of the Swartland appellation which have been specially selected by Rosa Kruger. Together with their partner Analijt Singh they launched their game changing Leeu Passant wines. Produced from old vines, including the oldest registered red wine vineyard in South Africa, these wines redefine the South African wine landscape. Their inspiration comes from past successes of the 50s, 60s and 70s, like Château Libertas and Rustenberg Dry Red. Their wines speak of South Africa's heritage and bring the unique wines of the past into the future.
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